Top 48 Eric Ripert Quotes

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“Having sharp, great knives will enable you to cook very precisely. Knife skills are essential in cooking.”

― Eric Ripert

“Everybody wants to support his own region and economy and farming. If we can preserve the land and if we can preserve the ocean, we all know, deep inside that we’re doing the right thing.”

― Eric Ripert

“I’m fascinated by Japanese cuisine.”

― Eric Ripert

“It’s a very naive idea to think that the chef is cooking everything, and, on top of it, is irreplaceable. That would mean that basically he is the only genius, and there are idiots all around him, which doesn’t make sense.”

― Eric Ripert

“If you can’t think like an onion or a carrot or a tomato, you may be a technician, but you won’t understand what you’re doing, and your dish will be flat.”

― Eric Ripert

“I don’t think I have an obsession, however I do eat chocolate every day.”

― Eric Ripert

“I come from a family of farmers on both sides of my family.”

― Eric Ripert

“The nature of human beings is to eat meat and fruits and vegetables, and therefore we have to kill animals. I don’t have a problem with that. But it’s a sacred moment. It’s a gift of life.”

― Eric Ripert

“Cooks build muscles; we can stand all day long on our feet and not feel the pain.”

― Eric Ripert

“The Cheesecake Factory’s not that bad.”

― Eric Ripert

“It took me all my life to learn how to salt a tomato.”

― Eric Ripert

“I just find the world very exciting and beautiful everywhere.”

― Eric Ripert

“I’m very inspired by other cultures and very often use what I perceive to be exotic ingredients.”

― Eric Ripert

“America is a such a melting pot, I’m not sure if roast chicken is the classic comfort food for everybody.”

― Eric Ripert

“I see a lot of people who change careers in the middle of their life and they think it’s a good idea to come in the kitchen.”

― Eric Ripert

“Nobody wants an ugly book.”

― Eric Ripert

“I find the organic wave much more interesting in America than in France.”

― Eric Ripert

“California is lucky, the East Coast is lucky because we get great seafood and a lot of produce from Florida, locally in good weather, but in the winter we have to buy it.”

― Eric Ripert

“When you are 25, 30, you know, you have no responsibility, no mortgage, no kids, no retirement to think about, nothing.”

― Eric Ripert

“In a professional kitchen, the idea is to have your cooks not moving much while they’re cooking. You want them to stay in the same spot.”

― Eric Ripert

“I like very much Louis Vuitton. My wife loves it too.”

― Eric Ripert

“I am a Buddhist, therefore I should not be collecting anything – however, I have a collection of Buddhas. I have a lot of them.”

― Eric Ripert

“A lot of foreign people say, when asking about eating habits, ‘What is your guilty pleasure?’ I have no guilt. Whatever I do, I enjoy and it’s the point. I think if you start to feel guilty about it, that’s a problem. So, no guilty pleasures. I have pleasure and no guilt at all.”

― Eric Ripert

“To me, it’s very important to have time at the restaurant but also time with family and time for myself.”

― Eric Ripert

“There is great food in Vegas.”

― Eric Ripert

“For me, I do not wish to build an empire.”

― Eric Ripert

“Some chefs go crazy with one restaurant, and if I had 20, I would go nuts.”

― Eric Ripert

“I like the dynamic of PBS. They’re very honest and authentic.”

― Eric Ripert

“I don’t follow the food trends.”

― Eric Ripert

“As young cook, especially in France, they’re very tough in the kitchen. The idea is to make you humble and learn fast.”

― Eric Ripert

“I don’t like it when I go to a restaurant and I’m lectured from the menu.”

― Eric Ripert

“Obviously California is fantastic in terms of produce, vegetables.”

― Eric Ripert

“Money is not necessarily, although it helps a lot for happiness, it’s not necessarily the best way to be happy, to be rich, you know.”

― Eric Ripert

“I am not a picture guy. I like to live in the present and keep the image of the past vivid in my mind. I don’t need the precision of the picture.”

― Eric Ripert

“When I am about to have a difficult project, I dream I am climbing a mountain. When everything is going fine, I dream I am going down the mountain.”

― Eric Ripert

“I am totally anti-technology.”

― Eric Ripert

“It has been stressful to be a French resident in America.”

― Eric Ripert

“Factory farming’s evil; you know that.”

― Eric Ripert

“I barely speak English.”

― Eric Ripert

“When I see someone who has responsibilities, most of the time I can pinpoint that person because of the way he carries himself.”

― Eric Ripert

“Chefs are leaders in their own little world.”

― Eric Ripert

“I am convinced that if you serve great value, people will come to you.”

― Eric Ripert

“A lot of people believe that when you are Buddhist, you are the Dalai Lama. I’m certainly not.”

― Eric Ripert

“You don’t become a chef to become famous.”

― Eric Ripert

“I never pressure myself to do something I don’t want to do.”

― Eric Ripert

“I’m a very bad baker.”

― Eric Ripert

“I like working in silence.”

― Eric Ripert

“One thing I don’t like is complaints.”

― Eric Ripert
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